magnetotail


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magnetotail

(mag-nee -toh-tayl) See magnetosphere.

magnetotail

[mag′ned·ō‚tāl]
(geophysics)
The portion of the magnetosphere extending from earth in the direction away from the sun for a variable distance of the order of 1000 earth radii.
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In a study published in the journal Science, the scientists outline the first views of the critical details of how this energy conversion process works in the Earth's magnetotail.
The twist in its tail is what makes the Martian magnetotail unique, and this twist is a result of a process called "magnetic reconnection" - this occurs when the scattered remnants of Mars' once-global magnetic field are joined by the sun's magnetic fields carried on the solar wind.
Hypothesis G: If the retroPK performance is modulated by the lunar magnetotail passage, we can expect retroPK performance to be improved on days of lunar eclipses when the moon is moving deep through the magnetotail of the earth rather than on other full moon days when the moon is moving through the outer rings of the magnetotail.
The team found that a process called "magnetic reconnection" must have a big role in creating the Martian magnetotail because, if reconnection were occurring, it would put the twist in the tail.
Observations made using the Cassini orbiter have shown mass loss through magnetic reconnection in the magnetotail, but current estimates suggest that this mechanism is inadequate to remove all of the plasma emerging from the inner magnetosphere.
Departure LORRI and Ralph (MVIC) image crescents and search Phase 1 for rings; SWAP and PEPSSI study magnetotail and pickup ions through one solar rotation; REX measures nightside temperatures.
Moreover, they may shed light on how large a role magnetotail activity plays in generating auroras and other atmospheric phenomena above the Earth.
Passage of a shear layer perturbs the entire magnetosphere and ionosphere, which could produce a comet-like disconnection of the Earth's magnetotail (the tail-like extension of Earth's magnetic field on the side facing away from the Sun).
After the encounter, New Horizons made the first spacecraft trip down Jupiter's magnetotail, the streamer of charged particles and embedded magnetic fields extending more than 1 astronomical unit (some 160 million km) beyond the planet.
Washington, Dec 15 (ANI): For the very first time, NASA's spacecraft has captured images of magnetotail structures and dynamic interactions occurring in the invisible space around Earth.
The orbits will be synchronized so that the five satellites will line up downwind from the Sun, along Earth's magnetotail, once every four days.